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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for  Weekly Updates.

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee (or a mimosa), and let’s talk about our weeks.




Are you enjoying your summer?  Or the opposite season for those living down under?  I can’t believe that July is almost half over, but when I got my utility bill with the air conditioning charges, I totally believed we are in the midst of a “long hot summer.”

Here’s what my week looked like…


Tuesday Sparks:  Intros/Teasers – “Little Mercies”

From the Interior:  Eagerly Anticipating “The Children Act”

My Favorite Places to Curl up and Read:  My Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts

The First Day of the Rest of Her Life:  An Excerpt

Curl up with Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Small Blessings”

Creative Saturday:  Spotlight on Street Art

Blindsided by a Phone Call:  An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Mini-Bloggiesta is Coming – July 19-20

Review:  Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, by Susan Elia MacNeal (Mt. TBR Challenge)

Review:  Little Mercies (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf

Review:  The Silver Boat, by Luanne Rice – Mt. TBR Challenge

Review:  The From-Aways, by C. J. Hauser (Vine Review)



INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)


I received one book in my mailbox that I purchased, and I downloaded one purchased e-book.  A nice quiet week for new books.


Thursday’s Children (Frieda Klein Series), by Nicci French





The Escape Artist (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain





I am a big fan of both authors.  Thursday’s Children is the fourth book in the Frieda Klein series; and the Diane Chamberlain book is one I hadn’t yet read or seen around the blogosphere.




WHAT’S COMING NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)


Small Blessings, by Martha Woodroof (Vine Review)





Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty (Vine Review)







Pain, Parties, Work:  Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953  (e-book), by Elizabeth Winder









And that’s it, folks!  On to another week in this long, hot summer!  What did your week look like?  All week long, I have spent my afternoons with tall glasses of iced tea.  What do you do to beat the heat?








  1. Cait

    Big Little Lies has such an epic cover. LOVE IT! And ugh…I get you with the summer heat and air con bills. Little downside there, but ohh, how I wish for summer. I’m so tired of winter right now and reading all the American’s blogs with their summers? I’M PRETENDING NOT TO BE JEALOUS. Haha! My Sunday Post!


    1. Oh, I know….it must be really annoying to see us complaining about the heat when you’re cold!

      For a minute, I almost forgot which book you were referring to with Big Little Lies…since I’ve been reading books with “lies” in the title lately, or “little”…LOL. (Last week it was Little Lies and Little Mercies).

      Thanks for visiting, Cait, and enjoy your week!


    1. I have had the Sylvia Plath book waiting patiently on Sparky since last December! I can’t wait to read it now. Thanks for visiting, Katherine, and Little Blessings is good so far. Enjoy your week.


    1. I think Frieda is such an interesting character….I wonder if the author will end this series with Friday? Or will she do the weekend, too? I’ll miss Frieda when the series is over.

      Thanks for visiting, Mason, and enjoy your week.


  2. Our summer is cooler than usual (mostly in the 70s this year) so I’m enjoying that!
    I don’t think I’ve read a Chamberlain book but that cover makes me want to kiss a baby 🙂


    1. Oh, wow, Mary, there are so many awesome Chamberlain books…I wouldn’t know which one to urge you to try first! LOL.

      That baby is definitely adorable. I miss babies…all of my grandkids are teens, or almost teens.

      Lucky you with weather in the 70s. When I lived in San Francisco years ago, everything was so much more moderate in temperature. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting.


  3. Enjoy all those wonderful books and keep cool this week! I have only read Blue Monday by Nicci French, so will be on the lookout for her others. Plus Moriarty and Chamberlain are always go-to reads. Have fun.


    1. Even though I had read some Nicci French (pre-blogging), Moriarty and Chamberlain were post-blogging finds. In fact, my “favorite authors” list keeps growing. Thanks for visiting, Rita, and enjoy!


  4. Thankfully our summer has been fairly mild so far. Yesterday was the first day that broke 100 (at least it was supposed to) and next week we even have one day forecasted in the mid 70s. Unheard of for Dallas! Can’t wait!

    Pain, Parties, Work was a fascinating read–I loved it on audio. Enjoy your week! And stay cool!!


  5. The Escape Artist, looks good. Yep, my bill reminded me it is indeed summer too, Time is flying by! I wish it would slow down, so much to do, so little time..not to mention I am not at all looking forward to cold weather again. Have a great week!


  6. Sharon Taylor

    Yummmm I love iced tea, peach or raspberry flavours are my favourites. I can drink that all year round, even though it’s cold here in Australia.
    Hope you have a great week Laurel and enjoy your new books.


  7. thebookdate

    They all look like great reads. I haven’t read a Diane Chamberlain book and do have an actual book sitting on my shelf – just hasn’t made it into my hand as yet. Have a great week.


  8. I so love the cover for Big Little Lies and the story sounds good, too. I have yet to read anything by Liane Moriarty but I heard great things about her books. Enjoy your new books!


  9. I’m looking forward to a little bit of warmer weather – when I’m travelling, I hate being loaded with jackets/coats/scarves- detracts from potential shopping space!
    I must get into Nicci French, I’ve read lots of good things about her books.


  10. Teddyree

    I’ve got The Escape Artist on audio, hope to get to it soon, I really like Diane Chamberlain’s writing. Can’t wait to see what you think of Big Little Lies. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


    1. Big Little Lies is next on this week’s list…Small Blessings is turning into such a quiet and charming read that I had to wake up and read some more of it in the middle of the night. Enjoy your week, Teddyree, and thanks for visiting.


  11. It is a hot summer here as well. You have the right idea though an early reading session on the deck with something cool. Enjoy your new books — they all look good.


    1. It has been years since I read The Bell Jar, I will probably reread it at some point. I see Kindle offerings now and then. Thanks for stopping by, JoAnn…and I am excited about Pain, Parties, Work.


  12. We aren’t having a hot summer. I think I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times we’ve turned on the AC. It pretty much equals the number of times we’ve turned on the heat. It had made for some good reading days though. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


  13. Patty

    I have really been drinking icy glasses of cucumber water! I love Nicci French books! Wow! You have a ton of comments…you must have lots and lots of followers!


    1. This Sunday/Monday event brings out lots of bloggers…it’s fun, and I like visiting their blogs, too. Thanks for stopping by, Patty…I have never had cucumber water!

      I love Nicci French books…especially this Frieda Klein series.


  14. Oooh, the next Frieda Klein book. I didn’t know it was published already.

    I think you have all the heat this summer and we have all the rain. Yet another cool front came through and we have spring weather now. Flowers and lawns are growing like crazy.


    1. Oh, rain sounds really good! I know…no matter what the weather, I find something more appealing about other kinds of weather…LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Leslie, and I was very excited to get the newest Frieda Klein…I have had my eye on it for a while.


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